Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Open Burning Safety Tips

The valley grasses are turning brown across southwest Oregon and ODF and the fire districts have been picking up a grass fire or two nearly every day. Many of the fires have been caused by escaped burn piles.

Here are a few tips for keeping your burn pile from becoming a wildfire. Call the county burn line to make sure it is ok to burn that day.

  • Jackson County: (541) 776-7007
  • Josephine County: (541) 476-9663
Check the weather forecast. If strong or gusty winds are predicted, consider holding off on burning that day. In general, burn in the morning and finish early in the afternoon. Have water, a shovel and metal rake close at hand. Monitor your burn pile at all times. When the pile has finished burning, extinguish all embers and check the burned area for hot spots the next day.

To report a fire, call 9-1-1. To report someone burning garbage, call the Dept. of Environmental Quality's hotline at 888-997-7888.

Burn early, burn safely, and make sure your burn pile fire is dead out at the end of the day.